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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:15 pm 
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There are some stud partition walls in our house and all of them suffer from the same problem. The plaster covering many of the nails that attach the plasterboard to the studs does not stay in place for long. After about 18 months, a circular crack of about 25mm in diameter always appears around these nails.

Is there some semi-flexible filler that can be sanded to a smooth finish that might do a better job than Polyfilla for covering these nails?


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Punch the nails home just a little bit first before you fill. What you're seeing is a sure sign that the nails are very slightly loose. Any filler will fail if it's left as it is and any filler should work after you've given them a tap home.

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ayjay wrote:
Punch the nails home just a little bit first before you fill. What you're seeing is a sure sign that the nails are very slightly loose. Any filler will fail if it's left as it is and any filler should work after you've given them a tap home.


I've already tried that without any success, but I've just bought myself a heavier hammer, so perhaps that might do the trick!


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Get rid of the nails, use screws. fill once and forget.

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wine~o wrote:
Get rid of the nails, use screws. fill once and forget.


Thanks for that interesting suggestion, which I'd never thought of trying before. I'll give it a go.


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On reflection, it might prove difficult to remove the nails without seriously damaging the plasterboard, but I guess the solution to that would be to place the screws in slightly different locations. If the screws stop the plasterboard from moving, then the plaster over the old nails should hopefully now stay in place.


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aye . good point...
Use proper plasterboard screws.

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